With the Super Bowl less than two months away, a bill to close gaps in Indiana’s human trafficking statute is on a fast track.
Attorneys general across the country have focused their attention on human trafficking in the last several months. And Governor Mitch Daniels says the presence of the Super Bowl shines a spotlight on Indiana.
“The single worst location and occurrence for this exploitation,” he says, “is the Super Bowl.”
The bill aims to close three loopholes in current law. Currently state statute only prohibits forced marriage and prostitution, but the new measure would bar arrangement of any forced sex act.
State law also does not specifically prohibit arranging prostitution by a minor if the minor consents…and only parents and guardians are barred from arranging prostitution by their own children.
The bill would expand current statute to prohibit anyone from arranging prostitution by a minor. Logansport Republican Senator Randy Head is the primary sponsor of the bill.
“It’s important that we get this bill through both chambers and onto the governor’s desk before all the tourists for the Super Bowl get here,” he says.
A Senate committee will hear the bill on the first day of session in January in order to help expedite the process.